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HOLY CRAP SIMMONS PUTBACK FOR THE LEAD
big follow by simmons. really hope duke get this kid.
What a crazy last 15 seconds.
LOL @ Dakari already prognosticating about his championship next yr.
High school's over, dude.
Ben Simmons finished with six points, four rebounds and three assists. Made all three shots and he had that huge put-back dunk to give Montverde their first lead near the end of the fourth quarter.
What a finish. I'll have more for you guys tonight. I got exclusives with Coach Boyle and Ben afterwards so I have some good quotes about his performance. Also, Ben will be playing in the Jordan Brand Classic International game next Saturday (which I'll be covering all day for you guys) so it will be fun to see him again there.
Montverde Head Coach Kevin Boyle on Ben
- "I thought he elevated his game [in the fourth quarter]. We're so much better with him pressing because he's more active and he can double team better than Devin [Williams] and Dakari [Johnson] can. He's a really versatile player."
- "He's such a great player because he can hurt you in so many ways. He's a guy that's going to fill the stat sheet and personally, I don't think there's anyone in the sophomore class better than him when you look at the whole picture. Especially next year with Dakari and Kasey gone, he's going to get 15-20 [points] a game."
- "He's got to get a little lower; he has a tendency to stand up and people get underneath him. He's a good shooter for his size, for the higher levels he needs to be a little more consistent. I think he needs to keep doing what he's doing and he's a pretty versatile player, it's about improving all aspects of his game. I think there are times where he tips balls when he can go get them and he can be a little more physical but overall, I think he's pretty complete."
Quotes from Ben
- "I was just trying to let the game come to me and make sure I was playing defense because I know the offense is always going to come to me. I was trying to get steals, blocks and keep my player in front of me."
- "I saw the ball go up [before the put-back dunk] so I was making sure I was going to get it and throw it down hard. After that play, I just wanted to get back on defense."
- "I know what to expect next season and I have to be one of those main players like Dakari or Kasey. We have me, D'Angelo [Russell] and Jalyn [Patterson] so we have to come out strong next year and get it again."
- "It's very helpful to play against Dakari and Devin in practice. You go against the best during training everyday and it forces you to bring your best too."
Does he have an list out yet or too early in the process?
Too early. LSU is the main school contacting him right now, but after this summer, he'll have all of the country's top schools chasing after him. They just want to see him in person at a few camps before turning up the heat.
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